I have always been an early riser. I don’t enjoy sleeping in – I want to be up as early as possible so I can start my day.

But when my alarm goes off at 4:30 am each morning, I want to throw it out the window.

At that time, I hate everything around me. Including working out.

Some mornings, I hit snooze until my finger goes numb. But I know that I just won’t feel complete without a workout first thing. It starts my day off right and makes me feel great. It sets the tone of the day for me.

Even a quick 20 minutes of moving around gets me up and going on those days I sleep in. I usually do a mini workout at home, since I don’t have time to get to the gym and back. It makes me feel positive about the day ahead and clears my mind.


1 min jumping jacks

30 seconds high knees

20 forward lunges

1 min simulated jump rope

20 squats

10 burpees

1 min jumping jacks

15 squat jumps

20 pushups

1 min high knees

30 second mountain climbers

90 second plank hold